Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

Sep 20, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $300,000 in grant funding to Mountain Valley Health Center in Bieber, CA.
Sep 6, 2019 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration awarded $10,221,800 to the California Department of Transportation for repairs of Interstate 5, which was damaged as a result of the Delta Fire in Shasta County.
Jul 25, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act.
Jul 9, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement applauding the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) attention to Butte County’s recovery needs as more funding is set to be announced for Paradise today on Tuesday, July 9th at the California Financing Coordinating Committee’s funding fair in Chico, CA.
Jun 27, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Senate-passed a $4.6 billion emergency border supplemental bill.
Jun 26, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019.
Jun 25, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.
Jun 3, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a disaster aid package (354-58) to provide $19.1 billion for states affected by recent disasters. This includes areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire in Northern California last year. The Senate previously passed the bill by a margin of 85-8.
May 29, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $880,000 to Superior California Economic Development of Redding, CA in Shasta County. The funding will be matched with $220,000 in local funds and is intended to help businesses become more resilient to natural disaster, such as wildfires.
May 23, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Senate released the text of a disaster aid package which would provide $19.1 billion for states affected by disasters in 2018. This includes areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire in Northern California. Paradise will be eligible for an additional $150 million in rural development funding. The measure will be considered in the Senate shortly before being sent to the House.

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